Thursday, 8 December 2016

... But "Copy after Rubens" is copy after Van der Weyden instead!

While my previous post was about an unrecognised copy after Rubens (which happens fairly often, though rarely so spectacular as with that one), this post is about the much rarer opposite.

Sceaux, from France, sells on 11 December 2016 a "Flemish School, 17th century" descent from the cross, "After the painting by Rubens from the Antwerp Cathedral", estimated at 1,500 to 2,500 Euro.

The Rubens looks like this. Not really similar...

The origin of the work for sale is of course the Van der Weyden I have already highlighted multiple times (perhaps the most often copied of the 15th century Flemish Primitive paintings?). This one is a very late and colourful copy, with some variations compared to the original. It will struggle to fetch the lower estimate.But the description made me smile :-)

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